Coping with autoimmune disease with grace (sometimes), humor (always) and dignity (rarely). Plus knitting and cats!
January 1, 2012
Why I Knit
When I discovered that there were entire stores devoted to selling yarn…! I still remember the thrill of opening the phone book and seeing listings under "Yarn Store." This was even better than a fabric store, so much different texture and color and purpose from sheep! This was something I could create while I did other things. If I made a mistake the fabric wasn't ruined, unlike sewing.
My arthritis has improved a great deal, thanks to modern medicine. I've been finishing knitting projects like crazy: a sleeve cap to reknit on a sweater, then sew the sleeves in and it's done! The double knit mittens just need thumbs. A lacy cowl will be seamed after I post this. I feel so wonderfully productive! Hopefully PT goes well tomorrow and I can start sewing again too. I'm anxious to start the velveteen jumper and maybe wear it this winter. The mockup will serve as a pattern, I double checked the measurements a couple days ago :)
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The knitted fabric in the photo looks gorgeous. Love the colors! And the texture!ReplyDelete
I can totally relate. I love shopping for yarn. And I too find that knitting is so forgiving...my mistakes seem to add texture and character to the knitted fabric instead of ruining it. I have given up hand knitting due to arthritis but have recently dug out my never used ultimate sweater machine and is having fun being productive. I missed the portability of hand knitting though. I tried loom knitting but I think it is just as hard on the hands as hand knitting.
Thank you, Sue. I'm glad to hear you can still create, it's such a difficult loss!
The photo is a scarf but sadly the sides curl terribly. I'm trying to think how to fix it, crochet edging didn't work, so will probably reuse the yarn. Maybe I should hang it up somewhere to enjoy it in the meantime :)